Posted this on Lookbook quite some time ago but only getting to post it here now. Last weekend was a complete whirlwind of emotions for the whole Go/Gosingtian family, but I’m generally okay now. It has already been 3 days since then, though we had been preparing for it for what seemed like an eternity. Life for all of us left here must go on, when all is said and done.
I was originally planning to write a whole usually-shallow entry on recycling outfit concepts with completely different pieces, considering that it wasn’t long ago that I wore a similar outfit with more or less the same color scheme. But I’m only human, after all - I get lazy and I also have other things in life to worry about besides what I’ll be wearing for the day. I’ll get to that part later this week, after I find time to slow life down for a bit, organize my thoughts and prepare myself to immortalize one of the most major events that ever happened my life in this blog.
Say hello to what I call my ultimate dyslexia top! Some of the letters are flipped, making it almost impossible to understand at first glance. It would take you a good few seconds (given you have perfect eyesight) to take it all in and realize what the message is. If you don’t want to go through the effort, I’ll just type it out. It says, “Don’t you think now is the time to be adventurous while we’re still young?” While I think we can be adventurous at any age, I do feel that I’m in the prime of my youth and that it’s the perfect time to try out new things and have fun, without all the serious stuff (like health problems and physical limitations for example) that goes with growing old.
I don’t have a lot of graphic tops but I just felt drawn to this particular one as soon as I saw it on a mannequin in the MURUA store at Parco (same place where I bought my EMODA dress from my previous entry). I guess I thought it would be a good reminder to my ever-so-introverted and conservative self, to dare to go out more and not be so anti-social like I always am. Note to self: Be more adventurous, meet new people, be open to more opportunities, have fun, etc.
Anyhow, it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned MURUA here before. As with EMODA, it’s one of the most popular MODE brands out there, if not one of the pioneers of the movement. Recently, they got Kate Lanphear to style their fashion show, as well as to collaborate on some exclusive designs for the brand. How cool is that? MODE is really going global these days. I’m still waiting for the day when MURUA decides to open a global webstore just like EMODA. T_T
On another note, my bag is also from Japanese brand moussy. Got it from their Canal City store. Their recent campaign features Charlotte Free (and her fabulous pink hair), and I remember them also getting Agyness Deyn a few years back. I absolutely love visiting them specifically for the bags and shoes. This one that I have here is such a gem with its classic design with a hint of edginess, studs and all. It can also fit so many things inside, including my camera - my primary requirement for everyday bags.
P.S. Thanks to SNSD I Got A Boy, I am OBSESSED with flat brim caps! I need more!
(Motel Rocks dress, Topshop blazer, Freedom heels, Forever 21 belt, Balenciaga bag, Lannel Boutique MAC Russian Red lipstick) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks Kristin for helping me out with these pics!
Recently I’ve been keeping a lot of my older clothes out of my closet because I suddenly couldn’t help looking at them anymore. It’s extremely hard for me to let go of my clothes, especially the ones that were my favorite at some point. However, my age is getting the best of me and now I feel like I have to start looking more grown up, and let go of that teeny bopper girl that used to post so many cutesy things on her deviantART back in 2006. Fast forward to 2013 and I swear my tastes have changed so immensely that I never thought I could even pull something like this off in a million years. I have not exposed my chest in a looong time, lol. I love my high neck and collared tops and dresses too much.
Well, to be honest, I am still not completely comfortable taking the more mature route all the way, but I think it’s nice that I’m trying out new things. I admit that I’m in a very in-between stage in my life now where I have absolutely no idea what to do anymore, but at least it’s doing my personal style some good by going all confused and making me dare myself to get out of my comfort zone. As to where this will take me, I still have no idea! But hopefully I can transition to a sleeker style as the year passes.
Then I’ll get bored with it and start wearing my ruffly pink socks and ribbons again… The cycle never ends!
What’s the story behind purple and yellow always being used as the color scheme for dessert places? I always found it so fascinating to see these two colors often being paired together, and it’s not like yellow is the first thing I think of when you tell me what color is best to pair with purple (and vice versa).
Here’s a relatively simple and relaxed outfit I wore to a casual dinner with my boyfriend a few days ago. The weather has been absolutely lovely recently! I’ve been raving about it to everyone I run into because I’m in love with cold sweater weather so much (Well, except negative Celsius!) that I don’t really mind sounding like a broken record, lol.
Reduce me to my bare essentials and I assure you that my inner geek will come out. Before this whole blogging thing happened, I spent most of my high school and college time in front of the computer geeking out on pop culture on the Internet, creating graphic and web layouts, watching anime and reading manga as my primary form of relieving stress and passing time, and of course, spending every minute with a camera on my hand. I enjoyed fashion but didn’t let it dictate my life. I liked dressing up once in a while, but didn’t mind wearing my brothers’ oversized shirts to school. And curling irons and circle lenses were once non-existent in my life… *gasp*
Recently, I’ve been going back to these roots in a lot of ways. For one, I dyed my hair back to the same color I had back about 3 years ago. Quite a bold move as I’ve been blonde for a really long time now. I’ve grown sick of being blonde for so long that I don’t even want to look at my old blonde wigs and hair extensions. This is coming from the same person who has always dreamt of going blonde since she was a little girl. Fickle-minded me!
This season, I’m also watching and reading a number of anime and manga again! There was a point in my life (probably around the time I stopped going to cosplay conventions) when I just wanted to spend my free time doing other things. My 3 brothers have constantly lived up to their otaku-ness since Day 1, so it was easy for me to get back into the habit. I’m hooked on Sukitte Iinayo, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Zetsuen no Tempest, K and PSYCHO PASS. I also just finished watching Uta no Prince-sama, Kokoro Connect, Chōyaku Hyakunin isshu: Uta Koi, and Kuroko no Basket. Yeah, you can sue me for loving mostly shoujo and josei stuff, but if it matters, I’m still reading Blade of the Immortal (at least).
Most of the things I’m doing now take a lot from my old self… not that I liked my old self better. I’ll never trade my present self for anything else. To be honest, it’s very easy to lose yourself with all the things happening around you, especially if the community that you are in is one that requires you to show a public face. Some people try to create a different persona to suit their audience, and I could totally understand why’d they want to do that. Perhaps they want to preserve the little privacy that is still left with them? Perhaps they’re only protecting their “real selves” in the process? We’ll never really know. All I know is that it seems difficult, especially if you created something that’s *too* different from who you really are.
I’m not totally innocent. I’ve also had my fair share of moments when wanted to appear a certain way to other people. At one point I wanted to fit in and be the type who would tote designer bags and know everything about fashion by heart. Of course, I fail, because I’m too awkward for my own good, and I’m the kind of immensely introverted geek who cannot act to save her own life, more so pretend to be a know-it-all in the realm of fashion. In the end, I guess I’m stuck with presenting my 100% real self by default! Let’s just talk about things we can all easily relate to, shall we?
This is one of my displays of intense optimism, lol. Failures aren’t all that bad. They actually teach us to become better people, and sometimes, they even save you from becoming someone that you shouldn’t be. :)
Day 6 features this girly outfit that makes use of gray and black. Gray top and leatherette skirt? Sounds very badass and rocker to me! Girly doesn’t always have to be pink and creamy all the time in my book. Sometimes the combination of certain unusual items can create a more interesting look than what we usually see.
Pair these items with a blue cardigan, a gold ribbon bag, and some cute yellow pumps and you’ll be surprised how much these dark-colored items can transform.
The black socks and yellow shoes combination was actually inspired by Minnie Mouse! I’ll be flying to Hong Kong for a holiday this October, and I can’t wait to go to Disneyland with one of my good friends. Maybe I’ll do an all-out Minnie-inspired outfit then!
Here’s a variation with an added pearl necklace, because it automatically adds a certain kind of elegance to a seemingly casual outfit. Recently I’ve been so tempted to bling all my clothes with pearl collars (ala my EMODA chiffon tops). Can’t seem to get enough of them!
Anyhow, I think this will be the last of my MOFW Singapore posts! Why I won’t do a Day 7 has something to do with limited resources - I don’t have any more new Singapore blogshop/brand items to feature, honestly. T_T Not bad for a first time though? Please do watch out for my next MOFW next month, where I’ll be doing a few days of Australian fashion posts after I post my travel diary to Melbourne!
I have a slight obsession with anything that is silver nowadays. Luckily, I was able to score this shiny silver glitter top at Topshop Singapore last month, with a really, really good price tag attached to it. It was 70% off, and I was pretty sure my encounter with it was love at first sight.
I didn’t care that it was too big for me, because I like wearing loose clothes anyway. I didn’t care if it had a few undone stitches at the bottom, because I could always hide them by tucking them in. Sure, it was an impulse purchase, but I find myself wearing it too often nowadays that it makes me so proud of myself for being able to find something so nice at a bargain price!
This was my first coordinate wearing it shortly after I got back to Manila. Now that it’s the second half of the year already, with the weather is slowly cooler and the days are getting shorter, I’m back to my “Black, white and gray! All day, everyday!” mode. It’s never too early to start building up your Fall/Winter closet, in time for the chilly -ber months.
Instagram is totally ruining my blog and my photography, but I still love it anyway. I am so torn! I’ve already told the story on how my picture-taking skills have drastically changed ever since I switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone 4S last December, but I still want to mention that nothing has changed since then… except probably my even greater addiction to Instagram. I never imagined the day would come when these words would escape my mouth - “I won’t bring my camera today. I have my iPhone anyway.” OMG, RIGHT? Why must Apple always create perfect products!?
Anyhow, since it’s such a huge part of my Internet life recently, I figured I should share some of my iPhone pictures here, for those who don’t have iPhones or Androids. Plus, this is really where it’s all happening. I guess there’s this sense of realness on my Instagram that I only wish my actual blog could also have.
So I’m calling this my first ever “Instagram Photo Dump”. Actually, I was thinking of naming it something funnier, like “Instawillgoplaces”, but then again my dream of being taken seriously may never be fulfilled anymore!
By the way, most of the pictures here were taken with Hipstamatic, ClassicINSTA and Camera360.
Dory and Mushroom pasta from Pasta de Waraku in Novena Square 2, from my Singapore trip last July. I stayed alone at Hotel Ibis in Novena, which was about 10 minutes away from the nearest mall.
(In case I haven’t shared it yet, my no fail comfort food is anything with any or all of the following: mushroom, cheese and egg.)
Also in Singapore! One of the best salads I’ve ever tried in my life. Seared tofu and smoked mushroom salad from TCC.
Oh wait, I just may be biased because it has mushroom in it.
Beef and foie gras at Sun with Moon Japanese Dining and Cafe at Wheelock Place. NOM.
I had a quick dinner with Jingna (also known as zemotion from dA) who was the sweetest, nicest and not to mention, most talented person ever. We immediately clicked because of so many geeky things that we both coincidentally love. These included travel, photography, art, anime and video games.
APPLE, JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY! Crappy front camera has its advantages too - no blemishes, for one. Plus the app filters to make your skin look nicer also work.
I don’t know what I’ll do if they finally create an iPhone with a good front camera!
We shared this green tea tiramisu before parting ways. </3 Miss you already, dear!
Also in Singapore, I managed to get myself the new Canon pancake lens at the airport. Finally, the solution to my serious back problems (caused by my 24-70L).
Someone bring Hada Labo (and the whole of Sasa) to Manila! I swear by their products, and it saddens me that I have to wait for my next Asia trip every time I run out! #firstworldproblems
MAC Morange and Ruby Woo, two lipsticks that you would never imagine me buying. Oddly, it’s always out of stock here in Manila…
When I got back, I just continued stuffing myself with food. This is Spaghetti Tavolara at Pagliacci.
Yup, it’s crab fat.
I had a quick meal with my brother at Starbucks a few weeks ago, just before I got about 20 tape-in extensions on my hair, for volume’s sake.
Wild mushroom with emmenthal cheese croissant = winner. And you know exactly why.
If you’re wondering what my default Starbucks drink is, I’ll tell you but I hope you guys can try it out yourself and tell me what you think by commenting in this post. It’s iced white chocolate americano with a shot of half and half (breve), on the rocks. It sounds complicated but it’s reaaaaaaaaaally good.
My favorite soft shell crab roll at Kogi Bulgogi. Posting so you can see WHY it’s so convenient to just take pictures with your iPhone. If it can capture the slightest bit of detail without having to artificially light it…
Macarons make me happy! These colorful ones are from Chez Karine in Serendra. I’ve been posting macarons on my Instagram for the longest time now, and for some reason they get the highest likes. I now have a “macaron theory” where pictures of macarons automatically appear on Instagram’s popular page.
Silly, but it happens every single time I do it.
I also regularly post pictures of my nails on Instagram. The Chanel logo ended up looking like a distorted DC logo, unfortunately. This one didn’t last more than a week because black is super tricky and it becomes so obvious when it gets chipped.
My favorite blue, and a single silver nail. Someone’s excited for Christmas!
Then I recently had Shellac Romantique gel nails (from Dashing Diva) because I wanted to try long nails out for a change, and I couldn’t risk my nails breaking because of my carelessness. Someone commented on my Facebook that the ingredients of Shellac are pretty harmful… so I guess I won’t try it out again any time soon. D:
Comfy airport outfit for my SG-MNL flight. EMODA blazer, Mango top, Romwe shorts, Kate Spade bag.
A sophisticated outfit I wore for a magazine shoot! Zara top, Dorothy Perkins belt, Romwe skirt.
Phew! Wasn’t that a lot? I currently have a total of 600 photos on my Instagram (and 73,000 followers - YAY), so just imagine how much longer this would be if I posted everything. If you want to see the rest, just follow “tgosingtian” or just wait for my occasional photo dumps here. INSTAGRAM IS THE NEW BLOGGING.
Before anything else, I just want to say that I am overjoyed that I am blogging for the same watch brand that recently got Girls Generation as endorsers. I am still waiting for the day when they’ll come here to Manila for a concert. Crissey and I will challenge all the other SONEs for the best seats for sure!
Also, sorry for the punny title, lol. I know you can’t unread it that easily.
Compared to the previous watches I’ve worn, this is the one that is quite unexpected. I think it’s the lack of metallic elements that makes it unlike me (I love gold or silver accents in my arm parties), but the heart and the different sized numbers were too cute to resist. And besides, I’m still relatively young. A watch like this? I could still definitely get away with it.
However, when I got my hands (or wrist?) on this watch, I was suddenly faced with a problem! I’ve always loved wearing button-downs and dressy shoes - things that match perfectly with all my classic accessories. Because this watch is really casual-looking, I was forced to look for items in my closet that looked just as casual.
Here’s my styling process for this outfit:
In my usual matchy-matchy fashion, I first decided to look for an item that’s the same color as my watch. In this case, I found an old white oversized shirt (that seriously looks like something I got off my brother’s closet). I was going to go for that white shirt plus denim shorts look, until I was greeted by these purple boots in the mail! How timely!
It was pretty easy once I was able to set my color scheme to purple and white, with the platform boots and chunky watch as my statement items. I grabbed a light pink pair of shorts and a lavender clutch to make the outfit more put-together without having to compromise the items that I wanted to highlight. The paleness forces you to look at the lightest and darkest things first, before everything else.
I sound like I overthink my outfits, but I promise I was only able to realize and process all this as I type! My blog serves as a platform where I can evaluate and look back at certain aspects in my life, instead of just being a cold place where everything ends as soon as I post stuff. I’m sure most of you with personal diaries can relate to this!
…to shopping in the middle of the year! The gloomy weather and the rainy season can never compete with the craze that comes with the thousands of people who flock to their favorite malls just to find the best shopping deals. We go wild at the sound of “shopping”. And we go wilder at the sound of “sale”. There are no such things as signal #1 or 2 if it means being able to get things at 70% off, yes?
(Dorothy Perkins top, Mango pants, Terranova blazer and headband, VNC heels, Fino Leatherware bag - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Thanks to my boyfriend for taking my pictures. It’s been a while since I last had time to have my photos taken outdoors.
Recently, I was able to experience shopping at SM Mall of Asia, where I am now officially a “Style Icon”. Boy, was I in a surprise! Admittedly, I always thought it’d tire me out too much if I decided to go shopping there because… well, it’s the largest mall in the whole Philippines, and not to mention, it’s the third largest in the world. It was the contrary, actually. The layout of the mall is just so convenient that you can go to all your favorite brands without subjecting your feet to torture. You can always opt to go to the newly opened Jamba Juice if you’re feeling thirsty from all the shopping!
In other news, I’m sure most of you have already visited Uniqlo already, especially if you’re a big fan of Japanese brands! It’s the first one in the country (it’s also just less than a month old), and you can only find it in SM Mall of Asia for now.
My top 3 high street brands, Zara, Mango and Topshop are all found here too. Huge stores with the best, most complete stocks.
And just across Uniqlo, you can find a huge Forever 21 being constructed - it is scheduled to open later this month. Say goodbye to all your money, people from Manila/the south! :)
And beside Forever 21, there will be a legit MAC store for all you make-up lovers out there. I’m using MAC Vagabondage nail polish, btw! Can’t wait to splurge on new make-up.
Now we all know where to go if you’re looking for something in particular that you can’t find in any of their smaller branches. Oh, the perks of having massive floor space! If only it were possible to expand my room every time I go shopping. I swear my room looks like a bazaar so much that I think can hold Bloggers United 4 in my room.
And silly me just had to add a lot more to the clutter. It’s a good kind of clutter though. The first things I see in the morning are my shoe racks and my clothes cabinets.
Both of the outfits in the post are inspired by the rainy weather that we’ve been having. It’s the perfect time to bring out all the blazers and cardigans that you can layer over sleeveless tops any time it gets chilly.
(Dorothy Perkins cardigan and top, Mango pants, Forever 21 belt, Fino Leatherware bag, Terranova headband - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
This next outfit plays with the same color scheme and girly theme. Cardigans from Dorothy Perkins are thin enough to be worn without looking silly when it’s not raining, but thick enough to give you extra warmth. I remember investing in a lot of these back when I was in college. Definitely one of the most stylish kinds of cover-ups that everyone should have in their closets.
And don’t you also love this giant blue bag from Fino? I suddenly remember all my mom’s similar bags which can fit pretty much everything that you can ever need. It’s also made of the highest-quality material, so it’s definitely worth having for a long, long time.
I think it’s the first time I’ve ever worn maxi pants in my blog. I am smitten. I need more of these! Mango has them in different colors. “Alam na.”
Anyhow, I hope you guys can go to the end of season sale soon! It’s from July 6-15, 10AM to 10PM. You can follow their Twitter and Facebook for more updates. Here’s my ad (with my troll signature, lol):
Here are some teasers for everyone, so you’ll know what to expect:
Uniqlo ads everywhere! I was able to drop by for a short time last week, and I loved the Orla Kiely x Uniqlo collaboration the most. Stocks are running out fast, so I hope I can still get my hands on at least one item from this collab.
Topshop is always a must-visit when it comes to end of season sales! Be there when they sell all the stuff that you wanted at half the original price (or even more)!
The Mango sale has been going on for some time now, but it’s never too late to join in the fun.
ALL THESE PRETTY SHOES ARE DISCOUNTED! The pink ones are my favorites because they’re sexy and sweet at the same time. Too bad they didn’t have it in my size anymore. Cry.
Girbaud! I was able to spot a really good and unique-looking pair of pants that reminded of me the lace-up pair that SHINEE wore in their Lucifer promotions. Not sure if you can see it clearly, but it’s there in the middle of the photo.
Floral-print sneakers from Terranova. These would totally look great with short shorts!
Mossimo pants at P580. It’s deals like these that make it so easy for you to regret all your recent original price purchases.
A girl can never have too many shoes. And VNC has a lot of shoes just waiting for you to try them out.
Awesome belts from Dorothy Perkins. I managed to get my hands on that black one with the gold plate! Black and gold is always a classy combination.
Shopping has never felt this special! SM Mall of Asia allows any shopper to direct all purchases to a single area for later pick-up. If you’re the shop-til-you-drop kind and you’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to carry all your bags by yourself, this special service saves you all the hassle!
Golf carts and shuttles are also readily available for those who want to go around the mall with ease. This also means that the mall is handicapped and elderly-friendly. Good job, MOA!
Well, that was a long entry! Lastly, here’s a photo of me with friend and fellow SM MOA Style Icon, Camille (and our matching bags) at the Fino Leatherware store.
Finally posting the look that launched a thousand hair-related questions. First of all, this ombre isn’t real, okay? :) Secondly, I really wish I did have pink hair, or pink streaks at least. The most I can do now is cheat and Photoshop it in different colors since I still don’t know if there are any good local salons with pastel pink dye! Sponsor me please! (Obviously, there is no such thing as shame when it comes to my hair, lol)
What made me do it in the first place? Just check out my Comfit chunky color block heels! The bottom part has this really cute shade of pink that reminds me so much of cotton candy. I replicated the effect by just lasso-ing my curls in Photoshop and hue/color-ing a gradient over it.
One of my friends asked me on Instagram, “How do you wear mullet skirts? I have no idea what to pair it with!” Personally, I love wearing them with loose tops instead of going through the usual pair-it-with-a-corset route. I’m a super casual girl and loose tops make mullet skirts a little less dressy and a bit more relaxed!
A little EMODA-inspired outfit that I wore last week, on a busy errands day. No time to fix my hair properly so I just left it straight and unstyled. I’ve always wanted to get my hands on the actual EMODA top ever since I saw it being worn and styled in different ways by Kinoshita Yukina and Matsumoto Ena in the pages of ViVi magazine, but I just got back from Fukuoka when this was released. Don’t you just love the semi-transparent sleeves? Coincidentally, just as I was about to give up trying to find one, this online store sent me a similar top as a gift for taking photos of their catalog. Talk about destiny! In true Ena fashion, I even paired it with a simple top with a cute cat print and my favorite leatherette shorts. The brand just opened their online store last week, so that’s good news to all you MODE lovers!
Chunky heels are the way if you still want that added height even if you’re always on the go. Think of them as alternatives to comfortable wedges. Thanks Comfit for these adorable shoes! My style is still super predictable - I can never get over injecting hints of yellow whenever I’m wearing black and white. I blame this on my blonde hair that matches yellow so perfectly.